I See

Karen Rose Ming

READ : Philippians 2:1-16

It was another dreary fall day. The ground lay covered with leaves. “More leaves to rake,” I muttered, still feeling the aches from yesterday. I turned from this dismal view only to stare at beds to be made, dishes to wash, bathrooms to clean, and rooms to straighten. Didn’t I do this yesterday, and the yesterday before that, and even the yesterday before that? I began to feel discouraged.

Just then my thoughts were interrupted by 3-year-old Abbie-Jo. “Mommy, let’s go for a walk.” Reluctantly, I took her hand in mine. We walked to the road. Suddenly Abbie- Jo stopped, pointed and said, “Look, I can see Abbie-Jo’s house.” She was right you could see the house. The leaves were no longer blocking the view. That’s what I needed a new perspective, a new view. Instead of seeing myself as a servant of God, I was allowing Satan to use all those mundane tasks to discourage me.

Paul’s letter to the Philippians was written while he was chained to a prison guard. Yet, Paul wrote a message of encouragement! That’s some perspective! Paul was able to write a positive message because he had learned to pattern his attitude after Christ.

Recognizing Jesus Christ as our example enables us to serve others joyfully. Even our daily mundane tasks can become a way of serving Him. It just takes the right perspective. What’s blocking your view?

PRAYER

Lord, keep my view from being blocked by negativity.